Ever wonder what’s involved with independently publishing a book? Independent publishing is basically a long to-do list of fun non-writing activities. This is what happens after two rounds of editing. And why my publish date for a book is usually six weeks after editing is complete.
- Proofread the manuscript
- Commission and finalize cover design
- Write the marketing copy and cover blurb
- Write the front and back matter and have it edited
- Dump manuscript into formatting tool (I use Vellum)
- Proofread the manuscript after formatting
- Upload manuscript to Advance Reader distribution platform (I use Book Funnel)
- Update Jack Arbor website with cover, blurb, and the first chapter
- Update author bio on Amazon.com and Jack Arbor website
- Prepare marketing images for Facebook and Instagram
- Change banner on Facebook
- Apply to Bookbub for a deal and get rejected
- Update Bookbub author page and Good Reads author page
- Write Facebook, Instagram, and Website announcements
- Write website blog post announcement that appears on Amazon
- Upload to Amazon, categorize, and price
- Hit “Publish”!
- Buy a new fountain pen
I’m sure I’m forgetting something. This is what I’m doing when I’m not writing or touring the color on Aspen Mountain.